March for Our Lives event is happening today, with hundreds of thousands of people participating all around the country and the world (500,000 were expected in D.C. alone). More the 800 sister rallies are taking place just across the United States. Some of these ended up being unexpectedly large, such as the 30,000 who showed up in Atlanta. Other crowds were expected, like the 20,000 who gathered in Parkland, Florida. The main “official” petition for March for Our Lives (here) had more than 306,684 signatures at the time of publication, and growing. But just how many people actually attended the rallies today in person? Here are the numbers that we know so far. This isn’t an exhaustive list of every state, but a sampling of information that’s currently available. If you’re looking for a particular event or state, search for your state or city’s name. These are in alphabetical order by state.
Washington D.C. is the main event. Although an exact count isn’t yet known, officials said that 500,000 were expected to attend, Variety reported. This one also drew the attention of celebrities, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Common, who were performing. George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, and Kate Capshaw also attended. As you can see from the photo above, the crowd size was huge. Because a talent show already had the mall reserved, participants couldn’t meet there (which would have given us great crowd size comparison photos.) But they did meet at Pennsylvania Avenue and filled the streets.
Because 500,000 were expected, an actual march isn’t happening, but rather a rally instead. This number is on par with the 500,000 people who attended the Women’s March in D.C. in January.
We don’t have a count for Alabama, but here are crowd photos from the Capitol Building.
In Phoenix, more than 4,300 had RSVP’d on Facebook. Fox 10 described the attendance being in the “hundreds,” but others described it as thousands. During the event, protesters and counter-protesters had a run-in at the Capitol building.
The March for Our Lives event fell on the 20th anniversary of a deadly Arkansas shooting, Talk Radio 1370 AM reported. When it happened in 1998, it was the second-deadliest school shooting in the U.S. A 32-year-old teacher, Shannon Wright, and four student were killed, and 10 other students were injured.
In California, rallies are happening all over the state, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego (where 10,000 RSVP’d), and San Francisco.
More than 1,000 people showed up in Manhattan Beach:
More than 200 were in San Bernardino:
Here’s a video from San Diego, where 10,000 had RSVP’d:
The Oakland rally also had a significant turnout.
Joe Biden showed up for the March for Our Lives event in Wilmington, Delaware.
Florida, where the Parkland school shooting served as a catalyst for the event, had rallies all over the state.
About 4,000 people showed up for the Boca Raton march, Orlando Sentinel reported. And thousands showed up for the rally in Parkland, which started at Stoneman Douglas school. The Associated Press estimated there were 20,000 people in Parkland. Parkland only has a population of 31,500.
Atlanta’s event was huge, with the crowd growing to 30,000, AJC reported. Rep. John Lewis was one of the speakers.
There was a significant turnout in Boise, Idaho, but crowd estimates aren’t yet available.
In Chicago, the event started at 11 a.m. at Union Park. At least 15,000 were expected to attend, WGNTV reported, but an exact count wasn’t yet available. The turnout appeared massive.
In Indiana, the Statehouse was packed with participants, as people came and braved the cold to show their support. The statehouse had a capacity of 6,000, and so many people showed up that not everyone could get in.
The Iowa City event was a little smaller, but still had a strong showing for the kind of weather they were facing.
Hundreds of people faced 10 inches of snow to join in.
And Cathy Glasson, who is running for governor, was there.
In Wichita, hundreds gathered for a local March for Our Lives rally, Kansas.com reported. Students held 17 pieces of paper representing the 17 people killed at Stoneman Douglas.
In Kentucky, events were held at Bowling Green, Louisville, Marshall County, and other locations. Crowd size numbers aren’t yet available here.
Events took place in Louisiana in Monroe, Shreveport, New Orleans, and more locations. Hundreds of Northwest high school students took part in the Shreveport event, lining in front of the Caddo Parish Courthouse, ArkLaTex reported. They also gathered in New Orleans on the French Quarter. The LA Times reported that the New Orleans march became festive, as participants walked with beers in hand or wore festive Mardi Gras hats.
Thousands of people came to Portland, Maine for the rally. Jack Matheson, 59, told CentralMaine.com that he’s a gun owner, but he thinks it’s too easy to buy a firearm. He’d like to tighten background checks and raise the legal age to 21. “I’d like to see a much stronger process for anyone buying a weapon.”
In Maryland, classmates honored Jaelynn Willey, who passed away after being shot in her classroom. An armed resource officer stopped the student who brought a gun before he could hurt anyone else. About 1,500 people were expected to attend the Annapolis rally. But some observers thought the numbers were higher than that. Many students from Baltimore and other Maryland cities traveled to D.C. for the larger rally.
Boston’s march began at 12 p.m. at the Boston Common on Charles Street. Tens of thousands gathered today, WCVB reported, and although an exact count isn’t yet known, the numbers were estimated at 20,000 to 40,000.
In Lansing, Michigan, thousands participated in a local rally walking fro the Hall of Justice to the Capitol, Lansing State Journal reported.
In Minnesota, participants said the turnout was “impressive.” And that was true. St. Paul police estimated that 18,000 people marched in Minnesota today.
Here’s an aerial video:
A crowd showed up for the rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, as protesters marched from the Smith Center to City Hall. The rally began at 10 a.m. A crowd size estimate for Las Vegas isn’t yet available, but in Reno as many as 10,000 people showed up for a rally that started at the Bruce R. Thompson Courthouse and Federal Building downtown, the Reno Gazette reported.
An estimated 13,000 people showed up for a March for Our Lives event in Morristown, New Jersey. This may have been the largest event in the state. About 1,000 people showed up for the Somerville event.
The crowds in New Mexico were a little smaller. In Albuquerque, hundreds showed up at Old Town, but then the numbers grew to thousands, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
Of course, New York City had huge numbers. An official count isn’t yet available, but numbers were estimated in the tens of thousands, NBC 4 reported.
And Paul McCartney was there, remembering John Lennon and how his friend died.
There was a significant turnout in Asheville, North Carolina.
In Cincinnati, several thousand attended, WTOL reported. Even in the rain:
Oklahoma City also saw a significant turnout, but an estimated count isn’t currently available.
In Portland, Oregon, thousands participated, KATU reported. They marched through downtown, starting at the North Park Blocks and ending at the Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Philadelphia’s turnout was huge. NBC 10 reported that thousands were marching from Independence Mall to a gathering south of Penns Landing by 10:45 a.m. 4,800 had RSVP’d on Facebook, but the turnout looked larger than that.
Events took place all over Texas today. In Fort Worth, students, teachers, and parents showed up on the Courthouse lawn, Daniel Aguilar. By the time the event was over, he estimated about 1,000 people at least were there:
Here’s a video from Fort Worth:
An event also took place in McKinney:
And here’s Austin:
According to KXAN, thousands gathered for Austin’s rally that started at City Hall and ended at the Capitol.
Salt Lake City was also home to a march today that arrived on the Capitol lawn. A crowd estimate isn’t currently available.
In Seattle, Washington’s march, the energy was described as “humble and solemn.” According to SeattlePI, thousands joined marches in Seattle and other parts of western Washington.
This is a developing story.